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Ocean Encounters: Sea Change

WHOI’s new president Peter De Menocal joins esteemed UN economics expert Jeffrey Sachs to explore the paths ahead for humanity and for life on Earth at a time of widespread environmental change

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Amala Mahadavan
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WHOI marine ecologist Mark Baumgartner has deployed buoys carrying his near real-time whale-listening devices off the coasts of Massachusetts, Maine, and New York. The technology includes software developed by Baumgartner to identify different species of whales, such as the humpback and the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale, one of the world's rarest whale species. (Photo by Matthew Barton, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Mark Abbott speaking at the Exploring Ocean Worlds event with National Geographic in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Taylor Mickal, © National Geographic Society)
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WHOI's Carin Ashjian at work at the ice camp near the ship (Photo by Serdar Sakinan, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
German icebreaker Polarstern returned home after a year spent drifting through the Arctic Ocean during the largest polar expedition in history. Photo by Michael Gutsche,  ©Alfred Wegener Institute
Ship strikes are a leading cause of death to whales around the globe. (Craig Hayslip, © Popular Science)
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The OOI surface buoy (shown here in 2018 being serviced by the WHOI-operated research vessel Neil Armstrong) will help provide crucial verification of USV and satellite-based models of air-sea interaction in difficult-to-reach high-latitude waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Photo by James Kuo, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
New funding from NOAA will help collective response in the U.S. to harmful algal blooms, including red tide, which are known to cause significant ecosystem, societal, and economic impacts worldwide. Photo by Daniel Cojanu, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A team at Oregon State University is assuming responsibility for the cyberinfrastructure that collects and serves data from five instrumented observatories operated by the Ocean Observatories Initiative.  Data are available to anyone with an Internet connection. Photo by ©Ocean Observatories Initiative, 2020.
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Work by NOAA, WHOI and many other partners have helped monitor and protect countless marine species, including humpback whales (shown here lunge-feeding) and critically endangered right whales in waters near some of the nation’s busiest harbors to support ecosystem health, tourism, and industry. Photo by John Durban (NOAA), Holly Fearnbach (SR3) and Lance Barrett-Lennard (Coastal Ocean Research Institute) during research authorized by NMFS permit #17355 and flights authorized under an MOU between NOAA and the FAA (Class G MOU #2016-ESA-3-NOAA) ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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